Quotation Explorer - 'Constitution'

An advanced human rights friendly Constitution is fine and well - but what good is it if it is not put into practice? The government says it cherishes the principles in the SA Constitution, and yet acts in a manner which cannot be reconciled with that very Constitution. - Christina Engela
One difference between the Bible and the Constitution is that we can still talk to the author of the Bible to discover original intent. - Ron Brackin
No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong is what is against it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation. - John Adams
[I]n my own case at least I feel my professional need for freedom of speech and expression prejudices me toward a government whose constitution guarantees it. - John Updike
A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none. - Joseph de Maistre
The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure. - Albert Einstein
I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally. - Bill Maher
There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feel it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought. - John Stuart Mill
The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. - Benjamin Franklin
it was impossible to confine a Government to the exercise of express powers; there must necessarily be admitted powers by implication, unless the Constitution descended to recount every minutia - James Madison
A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. - Will Rogers
The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself. - John Ciardi
Nothing is more likely than that [the] enumeration of powers is defective. This is the ordinary case of all human works. Let us then go on perfecting it by adding by way of amendment to the Constitution those powers which time and trial show are still wanting - Thomas Jefferson
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. - Abraham Lincoln
In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution. - Thomas Jefferson
I am ceaselessly occupied with the question of the constitution of radiation This quantum question is so incredibly important and difficult that everyone should busy himself on it. - Albert Einstein
I don't think the Constitution is studied almost anywhere, including law schools. In law schools, what they study is what the court said about the Constitution. They study the opinions. They don't study the Constitution itself.
I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few. - Benjamin Disraeli
All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them. - Felix Frankfurter
Our Constitution protects aliens, drunks, and U.S. senators. - Will Rogers
The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. Your have to catch up with it yourself. - Benjamin Franklin
I don't believe in the Constitution because I'm American, I'm American because I believe in the Constitution. - J.S.B. Morse
Under the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to hold states "accountable" for their education performance...In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not federal bureaucrats. - Ron Paul
I tip my hat to the new constitution, I take a bow for the new revolution, smile and grin at the change all around me. - The Who
When writing the constitution for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, John Adams wrote:I must judge for myself, but how can I judge, how can any man judge, unless his mind has been opened and enlarged by reading. - John Adams
What are politicians going to tell people when the Constitution is gone and we still have a drug problem?
The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military.
According to an original reading of the Constitution and Declaration, the intrusiveness that is an inevitable part of big government is an offense against its people. - A.E. Samaan
The Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. - John Marshall
Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. - Abraham Lincoln
the path of politics should be cleared with the sword of the constitution - king Annan
Our long wanderings have made a man out of him, too. They have not only strengthened his frame and hardened his constitution, but they have given stability to his character. He is thoughtful and prudent, and his advice will always be valuable, while of his courage I have no doubt. - G.A. Henty
As long as the constitution of my country is not amended to cut down the sizes of the dreams of its citizens, I have the freedom to dream extra largest dreams. I am even dreaming over-size dreams now. - Israelmore Ayivor
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. - Patrick Henry
Since when is public safety the root password to the Constitution?
LOVE should be the supreme fundamental right in our GLOBAL constitution -- - Swaran Jaggi
. . . a constitution, intended toendure for ages to come, andconsequently, to be adapted to thevarious crises of human affairs. - John Marshall
War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a tragic flaw in our precious constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president. - Kurt Vonnegut
I believe that justice is instinct and innate, the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as the threat of feeling, seeing and hearing. - Thomas Jefferson
Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men. - Gerald R. Ford
The U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner's manual for a 1998 Toyota Camry, and yet it has managed to keep 300 million of the world's most unruly, passionate and energetic people safe, prosperous and free. - P. J. O'Rourke
[The answer of to the question 'Which is the most perfect popular government?']That where the least injury done to the meanest individual, is considered as an insult on the whole constitution. - Solon
We have a government of limited power under the Constitution, and we have got to work out our problems on the basis of law. - William Howard Taft
Destiny to some people is a preconceived notion as a design of blind faith, while in fact destiny is a constitution of endowed efforts in an attempt to steer toward a desired outcome. Create your destiny and reach for your dreams, you only live once. - Husam Wafaei
The U.S. didn't achieve its liberty or prosperity by mistake. It was by design, and the architects were the Founding Fathers. Don't mess with the Constitution. The Constitution matters. - A.E. Samaan
History could not be any clearer: Rights given by fad and fashion are just as easily taken away. The Constitution matters. - A.E. Samaan
As young adults, we were wearing the shoes of the new future. Our generation would soon be the ones to determine the political climate of our country, the constitution of a family, and the morality of man. What an awesome burden we carried. - Lynda I Fisher
The constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens. - Wendell Willkie
Allowing Islamic Sharia law into the constitutions of the U.S-created Islamic (!) Republic of Afghanistan and Republic of Iraq in 2004 and 2005 was as foolhardy as it would have been to write emperor-worship and Shinto militarism into Japan's 1946 constitution. - Robert Spencer
A great deal of what many Americans hold dear is nowhere written on those four pages of parchment, or in any of the amendments. What has made the Constitution durable is the same as what makes it demanding: the fact that so much was left out. - Jill Lepore
All the perplexities, confusions, and distress in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation. - John Adams
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. - Abraham Lincoln
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.... While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. - John Adams
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